Sunday, December 21, 2014

FNSI, Santa Sack Swap.......

Friday night I joined Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts and many other ladies for Friday Night Sew In. I didn't get started until about seven pm so decided I would stay inside and stitch instead of going to my sewing room in the garage. I still have lots of Xmas things prepared so decided to finish off a couple of Michelle Ridgway's Xmas ornaments which were about half done.
Once they were complete, I began stitching a Bronwyn Hayes one, which is a free download from her blog. Unfortunately I didn't get very far with this as I fell asleep in my chair and woke up about 11.30 pm with the needle still in my hand.

Christmas by Bronwyn Hayes and Reindeer and Snowman by Michelle Ridgway

Thank you Wendy for hosting our last FNSI for the year. I have really enjoyed being part of them this year.

Also this week I got to open my Santa Sack Swap parcel from my partner, Lyn (no blog) hosted by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin. THANK YOU Cheryll for another great swap.
Lyn and I decided to meet in person to exchange our gifts as we didn't live too far from each other. I'm so glad we did as it was lovely to share a cup of tea while learning a bit about each other, our families and where we are in our quilting journey.
On Thursday night, I got to open my parcel from Lyn. I was very spoilt with all my beautiful gifts.
Thank you so much Lyn, I love all of them. Below are some photos of what I received.
My beautiful tote which contained the parcels below.

They contained a Xmas apron, an ornament mug rug and gorgeous mug, a Rudolph stitchery in a frame, a beautifully stitched wall hanging, a Christmas Goose bag complete with handle and filled with chocolates. 

2 bird tree ornaments and a stitched and painted star Santa.

I have one small parcel left to open(the one with the purple ribbon on it) which I will do on the 25th. The wrapping said do not open until Christmas. Now I wonder what is in it, one more surprise.
A big THANK YOU to Lyn. You have made me very very happy as these gifts are so me.
Lyn has opened my parcel also and here is what I sent to her.
Lyn wanted a stocking so here is Santa beside some parcels.

The stocking had a couple of small parcels inside (above and below this photo)

A Gail Pan wall hanging.

Scrap bin, pin cushion and a scissor holder with small scissors.

Xmas ornaments and a 2014 cushion to remember our swap year.

A Jenny of Elefantz table runner

A small bag & post it notes

Some nibblies.
Sorry for the photo overload and if you have stayed with me till now, that is great.
Some of my family can't be here on Wednesday so today we are getting together for our first Xmas Day. Then we will celebrate our second Christmas Day on the 25th so as well as that, Chris and I can celebrate our birthdays twice too. Only adding 1 year to our age though.



  1. Lovely gifts both sent and received
    How nice that you got to meet in person
    Merry Christmas

  2. What lovely goodes you received - and gave. I saw your mug rug with the decorations on it yesterday in a shop and really loved it. Lucky you!
    have a wonderful time celebrating Christmas and Birthdays with your family.

  3. Beautiful gifts made for one another, made with care and thought.
    Maybe you need a daily siesta just to get you through the day.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Lovely gifts. It would have been fun to meet and exchange in person. Enjoy your celebrations.

  5. Lovely stitcheries and gifts sent and received. Merry Chrismas

  6. Lovely gifts exchanged both ways Noela. You got a lot done before your eyelids succumbed xx

  7. Fantastic gifts must have been so good to meet in person xx

  8. Hi Noela ,love your stitching,gee you are lucky you didnt stab yourself with the needle,lol. Wow lovely gifts swapped between you two,lots of inspiration there,well done ladies and extra special that you got to meet.xx

  9. How wonderful to be able to swap gifts in person.. both of you gave and received beautiful gifts..

  10. All the gifts are lovely, both sent and received. It's always lovely to be able to hand delivery them.

  11. Love the stitcheries. Beautiful gifts. Hugs,xx

  12. OMG... the sleigh both coming and going must have been overloaded for sure... WOW... such gorgeous gifts!
    I'm so pleased you both had heaps of fun!
    Merry Christmas xox

  13. Wow, so many beautiful gifts, everything is lovely. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, hugs Wendy